When the global crude oil prices reached its peak at $150 per barrel, local gasoline prices soared to a historical level. Many car owners were unable to cope with the sudden hike on their energy expense bill. Those that could not afford have to abandon their vehicle at home and use the public transportation. Others have decided to find an alternative power source for their cars. One cheaper solution to fossil fuel for our automobile is electricity. Unfortunately, without the economy of scale, an electric vehicle (EV) is still quite expensive. The second best option is to convert an existing gasoline driven car to run on electricity.
The fastest way to retrofit a car into EV is via an electric car modification kit. Most kits will have all the parts and components needed for a Do It Yourself (DIY) project. In an electric conversion project, the objective is to remove the internal combustion engine and replace it with an electric motor. To transfer torque, the motor is connected to the existing transmission unit.
The new power system for an EV is quite simple. To power the motor, a series of deep cycle batteries are used. To control the speed of the motor, we will use a variable resistor controller and it will act as the accelerator paddle. All the components will then be linked to a central management unit.
All these parts can be purchased off the shelves of any hardware store. The challenge is to the find the right unit for your EV power system. By using an electric car modification kit, all the components are included. All you have to do is follow the instructions and start the retrofitting. » Read more: Electric Car Modification Kit